Habanero and Lime Roast Turkey

Give your traditional turkey some delicious Southwestern flair by mixing the sweet heat and citrus notes of Tiger Sauce® Habanero and Lime in the marinade, the butter seasoning rub and the baste.

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Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
16 servings


Yield: 16 servings


1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed)
1/4 cup lime juice (fresh squeezed)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
6 clove garlic (roughly chopped)
1 - 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon sea salt (coarse)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds, fresh or defrosted)

Butter Seasoning Rub:

2 stick butter (1/2 pound, room temperature)
1 tablespoon sea salt ((coarse))


Step 1

Make the Marinade:

Combine orange juice, lime juice, Tiger Sauce® Habanero Lime, brown sugar, garlic, scallions, cumin, coriander, salt and cayenne in a bowl and mix well. Place the turkey in a large container, pour the marinade over the turkey, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 425℉. Remove turkey from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.

Step 3

Make the Butter Seasoning Rub:

Make the Butter Seasoning Rub: Combine butter, sea salt and Tiger Sauce® Habanero Lime and mix well. Rub the turkey on all surfaces with the butter mixture, then gently lift the skin from the breast and press the butter mixture under the skin. Reserve a small amount of the butter mixture to baste the turkey during roasting.

Step 4

Transfer the turkey to a roasting pan or large baking sheet with a rack. Place the turkey on the oven’s middle rack and roast at 425℉ for 30 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350℉ and continue to cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, basting every 20 minutes with the remaining seasoned butter mixture and any pan juices and checking to make sure the exterior does become too dark. If necessary, remove the turkey, tent it with aluminum foil, and return it to the oven. Cook the turkey until a thermometer inserted into the leg area reaches 165℉ on a digital thermometer.

Step 5

When done, remove the turkey from the oven and let it stand for 15 minutes before carving.


CalvinNov 16, 2021

Going to try this!

StaceyNov 17, 2021

Making this for thanksgiving this year!

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